When my articulation students are at the sentence level, it’s time to get silly! Some of our favorite activities are reading jokes, riddles, and poems. Two books that the kids always enjoy: MARY HAD A LITTLE JAM and PETER, PETER, PIZZA EATER by Bruce Lansky. (Click on his name to find loads of other books by this author that I will be adding to my library). These are short, clever poems with delightful illustrations, based on familiar nursery rhymes.
Jokes and riddles always tickle the funny bone of elementary school students, and make for enjoyable homework assignments when given in printed format. You can find many kid-friendly jokes and riddles on the Internet. When a site presents both the questions and answers visible at on the same page, I copy and paste onto a Word document, print, and file under various themes and sounds. For example, at Christmastime, my /r/ kids get reindeer jokes, my /s/ kids get Santa jokes, and my /l/ kids get elf jokes. For a change of pace, we sometimes use the computer for sites that require interactivity (read the joke, click to get the answer).
And humor isn’t just fun for artic practice. It’s a great way to practice fluency skills, too! Of course, one can’t underestimate the value of jokes and riddles for students with language issues — a great way to work on vocabulary, idioms, puns, and homophones and homographs.
Here are some sources of humor for therapy. Click on each to visit the site:
Email Santa (the aforementioned elf, reindeer, Santa and other holiday jokes)
As with any materials you download from or view on the Internet, you will always want to fully preview the content, just to make sure it is appropriate for the students. If you have some favorite sources of humor for speech/language therapy, please post in the “Comments” bubble above.